My Favorite Rick Warren Tweets

I've been noticing lately at how much I've been reposting Rick Warren's tweets in my Facebook account.

Who is Rick Warren anyway? Wikipedia says:

Richard Duane "Rick" Warren (born January 28, 1954) is an American evangelical Christian minister and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, California, currently the eighth-largest church in the United States (this ranking includes multi-site churches). He is also a bestselling author of many Christian books, including his guide to church ministry and evangelism, The Purpose Driven Church, which has spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent devotional, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 30 million copies, making Warren a New York Times bestselling author.

I very well remember in 2003, the best-selling book then was The Purpose Driven Life. Most people I know had been reading that book then. Catholics love it. Jed, who I just started dating was reading it, too. Of course, I had to read it, and I did. However, I didn't understand Pastor Rick's principles at that time. The book did not have that much impact on my life then.

Fast forward to the Twitter age. I would often find tweets from Rick Warren being retweeted. Each retweet from Rick Warren caught my eye which prompted me to follow him. And I discovered what a brilliant man of God he is. I guess what caught my attention was that he is brutally honest.

And here is where I would share my favorite tweets from Pastor Rick. I know you will enjoy reading as much as I did and that you will learn from them.

BLESSINGS

The blessings God places in your hands are determined by what you are willing to let go of first.

CHARACTER

Anything that costs your integrity is too expensive.You can't afford it.

TWIST-God grant me the serenity 2accept the PEOPLE I cant change,the courage 2change the ONE I can &the wisdom 2know it's ME!

Perfectionism paraylzes potential & promotes procrastination.Eccl. 11:4 "If u wait for perfect conditions,u'll never get anything done."

The most common way Jesus comes into our lives is through a broken heart.

It's stupid to let people from your past continue to hurt u today thru memory. They can't hurt u anymore unless u allow it.

EFFECTIVITY

If you dont know WHY you do something, you shouldnt do it. Life is too short to waste.

FAITH

4 TESTS OF YOUR FAITH:HEB11 A major change-v8, A delayed promise-v9-10, An impossible problem-v11-12, A senseless loss-v17

It takes no faith to trust God when He is obviously moving. Real faith is holding on & believing when God SEEMS absent.

The teacher is always silent when the test is given. When God is silent in your life, you are being tested

FAITH is FOLLOWING without knowing where, WAITING w/o knowing when, BELIEVING w/o knowing how, TRUSTING w/o knowing why

FORGIVENESS

To say "I forgive you, but I won't forget it" just means "I don't forgive you"

Refusing to forgive yourself for what God's forgiven insults Jesus, implying what He did on the Cross wasnt enough for you.

HOPE

Optimism is psychological;hope is theological.Optimism focuses on what you think you can do.Hope trusts in what God can do.

Optimism says “It’s not so bad!” Hope admits “Yes, it’s bad. Really bad. But I still believe & trust in God!”

HUMILITY

You're never too important to wash dishes, do laundry & change diapers.

Humility gives you the ability to put up with people you'd could easily put down.

ILL FEELINGS

Resentment kills. Whoever MAKES you angry controls you. Unless you release them, you'll begin to resemble them.Job5:2

Saying "You MAKE me mad" is admitting they control you. "Only fools get angry quickly &hold a grudge" Eccl7:9 CEV

Demeaning & criticizing others is the dishonest way of praising ourselves. Others may miss our ego but God sees it. Ph.2:3

Never quarrel with a fool. It lowers u to their level & the people listening may not be able to tell the difference! See Pr23:9

If someone is full of bitterness&hate, no amt of logic will change their mind.Absorb their hurt,love,forgive&pray for them.

If people are frustrated&dont know how to express it reasonably,they resort to slurs & attacks. Dont take it personally.Be kind

The longer you hold on to resentment,the more your past hurts keep hurting you. That’s just stupid.

"KEEP AWAY from angry people or u will learn to be like them & endanger your soul" Pr.22:24-25 Who do u read & listen to?

LOVE

Love isnt letting people do whatever they want. That's often cowardice or apathy. Love cares enough to tell the truth.

MARRIAGE

If you want your wife to treat you like a king,treat her as a queen. See Ephesians 5:25

Anytime you're tempted to criticize your spouse's judgment, remember they picked you!

It's easy to be self-righteous if u dont ever have to think of others.If not for marriage, we'd all think we're faultless

Marriage doesn't create self-centeredness & immaturity; it reveals it.


MONEY/FINANCES

Why should God give u a financial miracle if u havent stopped making poor choices that will create another crisis of debt?

Materialism is buying things you dont need, with money you dont have, to impress people you dont even like.

I dont have to OWN it to ENJOY it.-This simple truth prevents debt, enables savings & avoids the cost of upkeep.

PARENTING

Raising kids with strong character requires doing less FOR them and teaching them to do more for themselves.

PATIENCE

Whenever you think you're waiting on others, God is actually giving you the opportunity to learn to wait on him.See Ps27:14

PLANNING

Planning without prayer is presumption."You ought to say,'IF it's the Lord's will, we'll live&do this or that'"James 4:15

PRAYING

Everything you do today can be "spending time with God" if you TALK to him WHILE doing it & TRUST him to HELP you do it.

The greatest use of your words is prayer. Talk to God about EVERYTHING, all the time. Maintain a running conversation.

God's power in your life is determined by whether you pray in just special times or all the time. Prayerlessness limits God

RELATIONSHIPS

God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don't run after them.

Anytime you expect anyone to meet needs in your life that only God can meet, it's unfair to them & disappointing to you.

Your friends define your world.Choose them carefully."Bad friends will destroy you" 1 Cor.15:33 (CEV)

If you only love those who agree with you, your circle of love will exclude most of the world.

It's EASY to love people like yourself. But for God to teach u REAL love, He must bring unlovely people into your life.

SERVING GOD

God gives u enough time to do His Will. If u can't get it all done-ur doing stuff out of His Will or doing it a wrong way.

"Avoid irreverent babble & pointless discussions that lead you further away from God" 2 Tim. 2:16

TITHING

"The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives." Deut. 14:23 (Living)

TRUST IN GOD

Never let an impossible situation intimidate you. Let it motivate you - to pray more, trust more, be more creative.

You havent really trusted God until you've attempted something that cant be done on your own power.

WORRY

Worry is worthless.Never solves any problem.Stewing w/o doing.WORSHIP,not worry,will give you your answer.Mt6:25-34

Worry is practical atheism. It is unbelief; acting like an orphan without a Heavenly Father who's made 6000 promises to you

If U prayed as much as U worry, U'd have less to worry about. Don't panic,pray. Don't worry,worship. Don't tremble,trust.

By listening to Saddleback Church's podcasts (both Saddleback Church Weekend Services and Drivetime Devotions Audio Podcast), I am learning more about the Bible, the verses, messages, and its application to present life. I also subscribed to the Purpose Driven Connection Daily Devotional. You may view the devotional archive here.

Tonight, I am excited to start rereading The Purpose Driven Life. I will share what I learn when I finished.

Happy weekend!

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